Revised English Version

The Proverbs of Solomon  

Proverbs Chapter 1  

1The proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel:

2To know wisdom and instruction,

to understand words that give understanding,

3to receive insightful instruction:

righteousness,justice, and integrity;

4to give prudence to the naïve,

knowledge and discretion to the youth.

5A wise person will listen and increase in learning,

and a discerning person will get wise guidance,

6to understand a proverb and an obscure expression,

words of the wise and their riddles.

The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge,

but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction,

and do not ignore the Torah of your mother,

9because they are a wreath of grace for your head,

and a necklace for your neck.

10My son, if sinners entice you,

do not consent.

11If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood,

let us ambush an innocent person for no reason.

12We will swallow them alive, just as Sheol does,

and whole, just as those who go down into the pit.

13We will find all sorts of valuable things;

we will fill our houses with plunder.

14Throw your lot in with us;

we will all share the loot.”

15My son, do not walk on the road with them;

keep your feet from their pathway,

16for their feet run to do evil,

and they make haste to shed blood.

17For in vain the net is spread

in the sight of a bird,

18but these lie in wait for their own blood;

they set an ambush for their own souls!

19This is the way of everyone who pursues unjust gain;

it takes away the soul of its owners.

Lady Wisdom shouts aloud in the street,

in public places she raises her voice.

21At the head of noisy streets she calls out,

where the city gates open she speaks her words,

22How long, O naïve ones, will you love naivety?

How long will mockers delight in mocking,

and fools hate knowledge?

23Are you all turning away from my reproof?

Look! I will pour out my spirit upon you all,

I will make known my words to you all.

24But since you refused me when I called,

I stretched out my hand but no one paid attention,

25and you neglected all my counsel,

and you did not want my reproof—

26I also will laugh at your distress;

I will mock when what you dread comes,

27when your terror comes like a violent storm,

and your calamity like a whirlwind,

and trouble and distress come upon you all.

28Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;

they will diligently seek me, but will not find me.

29Because they hated knowledge,

and they did not choose the fear of Yahweh;

30they were not interested in my counsel,

and they spurned all my reproof,

31so they will eat from the fruit of their own way,

and they will be satisfied out of their own plans.

32For the turning away of the naïve will kill them,

and the false security of fools will destroy them.

33But the one who listens to me will live in safety,

and will be at ease from the dread of evil.”